Ephesians 6:18 - Pray in the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18: Pray in the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 (TNIV) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions 
with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert 
and always keep on praying for all the Lords people. 


   "When all else fails" How would you finish this thought? 
Maybe like this: When all else fails  I can always pray. It's like 
one of those emergency panels in a building with the sign that 
reads, "Break glass in case of emergency." But you'd better make sure 
it's a real emergency before you do it. Yes, prayer should be your 
last resort. But it should also be your first resort - and all your 
resorts in between. In today's Scripture, Paul writes, "Pray in the 
Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests  Be 
alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." 
   Turn again and again to the Lord, with prayers that are 
specific, on the spot, detailed, and out of the box. Pray when you pass an 
accident on the highway. Pray when you get into your car and out of it. 
Pray when a face floats into your mind. Pray when the Spirit nudges, 
and then pray some more. You can never pray too much. 
   Lord Jesus, I see people on their iPhones everywhere I go - 
walking, driving, waiting - whatever. I want to be attached to You like 
that - talking to You in an airport, in a mall, in a restaurant, and 
on my bed at night when the pain won't retreat and the morning 
won't come. The more I pray, the sweeter life becomes. [A Spectacle of 
Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 


Ephesians 6:10-20: The Armor of God.


The danger on the battlefield is that we do not take the enemy 
seriously and therefore fail to put on all of the armor. By faith, you put 
on the armor through prayer, which must be done at the beginning of 
every day. Never underestimate the strategy and strength of the devil. 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

   If the effectiveness of our spiritual warfare depends not 
just on wearing the six pieces of armor (Eph 6:l4-17), but also on 
constant, believing prayer, then we must ask ourselves: What can we do to 
make our prayer lives more effective?  
   The place given to prayer in both the Old and New Testaments 
is remarkable. All the great saints of the Old Testament knew how 
to pray - Abraham, David, Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, to mention just 
a few. The same prowess in prayer can be seen also in the New 
Testament saints.  
   But of course the greatest Person of prayer was none other 
than our Lord Jesus Christ.  
   Although He possessed great knowledge and wisdom, He found it 
essential to turn aside time and time again to pray. On certain occasions 
He would spend whole nights in prayer or rise long before dawn in 
order to pray and maintain His communion with God.  
   Is it surprising, therefore, that being so dependent on 
prayer, He should have told His disciples: "Pray always and [do] not 
become discouraged" (Lk 18:1). Praying is the only alternative to 
fainting - we must pray or else we faint.  
   Paul's teaching with regard to prayer in Ephesians 6:18 
revolves around four "alls. We are to pray at all times, with all 
prayer, with all perseverance, and for all the saints. Most Christians, 
however, pray at some times, with some prayer, and some degree of 
perseverance, and for some of God's saints.  
   When we replace "some" by "all" in these expressions, we are 
on our way to effective praying.  
   My Father and my God, I see that through prayer, You offer me 
the most breathtaking power. Help me humbly to take it and use it 
wisely. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with 
Selwyn Hughes devotionals re Psa. 12:6] 


In The Holy Spirit. According to the Spirit's promptings and 
with the power of the Spirit (see Ro 8:26-27; Gal 4:6; Eph 6:18). 
[NIV SB re Jude 1:21] 


   What does it mean to pray "in the Spirit"? Here again, there 
is a good deal of misunderstanding among Christians as to the true 
meaning of this phrase.  
   There are times when one feels deeply affected emotionally as 
one prays, but this is not the meaning of the phrase "praying in the 
Spirit." It has no relationship to the emotions that we feel in prayer. I 
am not saying that feelings are unimportant in prayer; I am simply 
saying that I do not believe this is what Paul had in mind when he used 
the phrase "praying in the Spirit."  
   The "spirit" spoken of here is not the human spirit but the 
Holy Spirit. Some believe that "praying in the Spirit" takes place 
when we pray in other tongues, and although it can include that, I 
believe it is much more than that.  
   Prayer that is "in the Spirit" is prayer that is prompted and 
guided by the Spirit. One commentator puts it this way: "It means that 
the Holy Spirit directs the prayer, creates the prayer within us, 
and empowers us to offer it and to pray it."  
   Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls praying in the Spirit "the 
secret of true prayer" and goes on to say: "If we do not pray in the 
Spirit, we do not really pray." I would hesitate to make such a sweeping 
statement myself, but I would go so far as to say that if we do not know 
what it means to pray in the Spirit, our prayers will have little 
impact upon Satan and his forces.  
   Dear Father, I have so much to learn about prayer that unless 
You take my hand and guide me, I can soon lose my way. Teach me how 
to enter the deeper levels of prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen. [Every 
Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional] 

   The more I consider "praying in the Spirit," the more 
convinced I am that the majority of Christians do not know what it means 
to pray in this particular way. Many are content to recite prayers 
and know nothing of the thrill of entering a dimension of prayer in 
which the Holy Spirit has full control.  
   Not that there is anything wrong with liturgical or written 
prayers"they can be a wonderful primer for one's spiritual pump. Many people 
tell me that the prayers I frame at the end of each devotion in Every 
Day with Jesus have sometimes helped them more than the actual notes 
I have written. Using written prayers can be helpful, but we must 
heed the apostle's exhortation to move on into that dimension which 
he calls "praying in the Spirit." The best description of this I 
have ever heard is that given by some of the old Welsh preachers, 
like Daniel Rowlands, Christmas Evans, and others. They describe it 
as "praying with unusual liberty and freedom."  
   There is hardly anything more wonderful in the Christian life 
than to experience this "liberty and freedom" in prayer. I can 
remember the minister and elders of the church in which I was converted 
in South Wales saying after a prayer meeting in which there had 
been great liberty and power: "Tonight we have prayed in the Spirit." 
   Have you not experienced moments when, after struggling and 
halting in prayer, you were suddenly taken out of yourself and words 
just poured out of you? At that moment, you were "praying in the 
   O Father, forgive me that I try to do so much in my own 
strength instead of learning how to let You do it in me. Teach me how to 
let go and let You take over in everything"particularly my 
praying. In Jesus' name. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn 
Hughes devotional] 

   I find myself compelled to discuss Paul's pregnant phrase: 
"Pray in the Spirit. 
   There are times in my own life, as I am sure there are in 
yours, when I struggle in prayer and find it difficult to concentrate, 
only to discover that suddenly I am taken out of myself and given a 
freedom that transforms my prayer time from that point on. When this 
happens, I know I have been praying in the Spirit. This is the kind of 
thing about which the apostle Paul is exhorting us in Ephesians 6:18. 
Formal prayer is fine and has its place, but oh, how we need to 
experience more times of praying in the Spirit.  
   But how do we attain these times? Is it the Spirit's 
responsibility to bring us there, or do we have some responsibility in the 
matter, too? I believe we can learn to pray in the Spirit.  
   Some first principles are these: (1) Come to God in an 
attitude of dependence. This means recognizing that your greatest need in 
prayer is not an ability to put words together or form fine phrases, 
but the Holy Spirit's empowerment. (2) Yield yourself totally to the 
Spirit, letting Him guide and direct your praying. Be continually aware 
that He wants to have the bigger part in your prayer life. Start with 
these two principles, learning to depend less and less on your own 
experience or ability and more and more on the Spirit's enabling. Once you 
experience what it means to pray in the Spirit, you will long to experience 
it more and more.  
   O Father, my appetite is being whetted. Help me launch out 
into the deep and give myself to You in the way that You are 
willing to give Yourself to me. In Christs name I ask it. Amen. 
[Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Luke 5:4] 

   Do you ever get sick and tired of praying? We're all guilty 
of it, but in this verse we see how to get out of that prayer rut. 
Continual, effectual prayer is not, and cannot be, an exercise of our 
flesh; it is the exercise of the Spirit within us. In Romans 8:26, Paul 
gives us additional insight into this essential matter when he points 
out that "the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be 
expressed in words." We typically find ourselves trying to project our 
prayers and petitions through space to some far-off place where God 
dwells and where we have a mansion awaiting our arrival. But Paul tells 
us in Ephesians that God is joining us "together as part of this 
dwelling where God lives by his Spirit" (2:22). Our eternal destiny is to 
corporately and individually be the place where the Spirit dwells and 
through which he intercedes. God is using every circumstance to help us 
grasp this truth and to learn to let the "rivers of living water" flow 
through us. 
   Oh GOD, teach me to know the presence of your Spirit within 
me and to walk and live in continual awareness of it. May you 
freely live your life in me, express your heart through me, and pray 
through me. I know that I can't accomplish any of this through my own 
efforts, but with you, nothing is impossible! [Praying Through The Bible 
By Fuller] 

   Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer"In the Holy 
Spirit. The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heavens 
storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must 
shoot the Lords arrows back to him. That desire which he writes 
upon our heart will move his heart and bring down a blessing, but the 
desires of the flesh have no power with him.  
   Praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in fervency. Cold 
prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with 
fervency, plead not at all.  
   It is praying perseveringly. As one prays he gathers force as 
he proceeds, and grows more fervent when God delays to answer. The 
longer the gate is closed, the more vehemently does he use the knocker, 
and the longer the angel lingers the more resolved is he that he 
will never let him go without the blessing. Beautiful in Gods 
sight is tearful, agonizing, unconquerable supplication.  
   It means praying humbly, for the Holy Spirit never puffs us 
up with pride. It is his office to convince of sin, and so to bow 
us down in contrition and brokenness of spirit. We shall never sing 
Gloria in excelsis except we pray to God De profundis: out of the 
depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest.  
   It is loving prayer. Prayer should be perfumed with love, 
saturated with love"love to our fellow saints, and love to Christ.  
   Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A man prevails 
only as he believes. The Holy Spirit is the author of faith, and 
strengthens it, so that we pray believing Gods promise.  
   O that this blessed combination of excellent graces, 
priceless and sweet as the spices of the merchant, might be fragrant 
within us because the Holy Spirit is in our hearts! Most blessed 
Comforter, exert thy mighty power within us, helping our infirmities in 
prayer.  Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon 


How can anyone pray on all occasions? One way is to make quick, 
brief prayers your habitual response to every situation you meet 
throughout the day. Another way is to order your life around God's desires 
and teachings so that your very life becomes a prayer. You don't 
have to isolate yourself from other people and from daily work in 
order to pray constantly. You can make prayer your life and your life 
a prayer while living in a world that needs God's powerful 
influence. [Life Application SB] 

   Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My 
Presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry 
about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares 
you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before 
you begin the day's activities, you proclaim the reality of My 
living Presence. This act of faith - waiting before working - is noted 
in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens 
principalities and powers of darkness.  
   The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near Me. 
When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My 
Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and overstimulating that 
you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless 
unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy. When you spend time with 
Me, I restore your sense of direction. As you look to Me for 
guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more. (Luke 12:22-26; 
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV; Proverbs 16:3) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Do everything in dependence on Me. The desire to act 
independently - apart from Me springs from the root of pride. Self-sufficiency 
is subtle, insinuating its way into your thoughts and actions 
without your realizing it. But apart from Me, you can do nothing: that 
is, nothing of eternal value. My deepest desire for you is that you 
learn to depend on Me in every situation. I move heaven and earth to 
accomplish this purpose, but you must collaborate with Me in this training. 
Teaching you would be simple if I negated your free will or overwhelmed 
you with My Power. However, I love you too much to withdraw the 
godlike privilege I bestowed on you as My image-bearer. Use your freedom 
wisely by relying on Me constantly. Thus you enjoy My Presence and My 
Peace. (John 15:5; Ephesians 6:10; Genesis 1: 26-27) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Direct your thoughts to Me more and more. When you are 
working on a challenging project, you tend to seek My Face and My help 
frequently. This pleases Me - and it enhances the work you are doing. There 
is a delightful rhythm about this: You look to Me in a listening 
mode; then you act with the help of My Spirit. This is repeated over 
and over as you and I collaborate on the project. Being attentive to 
Me takes sustained effort, but this collaborative way of doing 
things does not drain you.  
   I encourage you to live more and more of your life in this 
way. When the task before you is less challenging, you tend to be 
less attentive to Me. You may even forget about Me for a while as 
your mind slips toward neutral. You forget that you live in a world 
at war - with an enemy that never rests. This is why the apostle 
Paul admonishes Christians to be alert and always keep on praying.  
   The more you direct your thoughts to Me, the more alive you 
will feel. This prayer-privilege is not a chore. It's a joyous 
lifeline! (Psa. 105:3; John 10:27, 28; Mark 9:7, 8; Eph. 6:18) [Jesus 
Today by Sarah Young] 


We must not only pray in Christ's name, but by the inspiration 
of the Holy Spirit. {COL 147.3} 





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